Under the Red White and Blue: Patriotism, Disenchantment and the Stubborn Myth of the Great Gatsby

Under the Red White and Blue: Patriotism, Disenchantment and the Stubborn Myth of the Great Gatsby

by Greil Marcus

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Overview

A deep dive into how F. Scott Fitzgerald’s vision of the American Dream has been understood, portrayed, distorted, misused, and kept alive

Renowned critic Greil Marcus takes on the fascinating legacy of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. An enthralling parable (or a cheap metaphor) of the American Dream as a beckoning finger toward a con game, a kind of virus infecting artists of all sorts over nearly a century, Fitzgerald’s story has become a key to American culture and American life itself.
 
Marcus follows the arc of The Great Gatsby from 1925 into the ways it has insinuated itself into works by writers such as Philip Roth and Raymond Chandler; found echoes in the work of performers from Jelly Roll Morton to Lana Del Rey; and continued to rewrite both its own story and that of the country at large in the hands of dramatists and filmmakers from the 1920s to John Collins’s 2006 Gatz and Baz Luhrmann’s critically reviled (here celebrated) 2013 movie version—the fourth, so far.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300252507
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 04/14/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 711 KB

About the Author

Greil Marcus has written many books, including Mystery Train, Lipstick Traces, The Old, Weird America, and The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs. With Werner Sollors he is the editor of A New Literary History of America. He was born in the Middle West, in San Francisco and lives in Oakland, CA.

Table of Contents

Subway 1

A Patriotic Swerve 11

A Book Everyone Has Heard Of 35

Reading the Book 51

The Ferment 95

At the Movies 117

"He too was a Great Gatsby" 125

Fable 147

Acknowledgments 155

Index 157

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